- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - An assistant women’s basketball assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State University knowingly broke NCAA rules when he provided recruits with free gifts at a team camp and made impermissible contact with recruits on three occasions, the school disclosed in a report.

The report provided greater detail about violations still under investigation by the NCAA and outlined previously undisclosed self-imposed penalties, the Southeast Missourian (https://bit.ly/1uIkyd9) reported. The paper obtained the document through a public records request.

University President Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins said the assistant was placed on administrative leave and later resigned.

The report also outlined a separate violation that officials said the assistant coach and head coach Ty Margenthaler committed unknowingly. According to the university, Margenthaler and the assistant coach ran into two recruits at a restaurant after a game.

“Though the coaching staff did not pay for anyone else’s dinner, they did engage in recruiting conversations throughout the dinner,” according to the report, and the assistant coach knew the recruits “would likely visit the restaurant following the high school basketball game.” Neither Margenthaler nor the assistant reported the incident.

The university’s athletic department announced Nov. 5 that Margenthaler was suspended for the first two games of the season but did not disclose additional self-imposed sanctions it submitted to the NCAA.

Margenthaler, identified in the report as “Head Coach,” also was docked five days of pay after he ignored the university’s instructions not to discuss details of the investigation with his other assistants. The program’s 112 recruiting days were reduced to 100, and the number of recruiting opportunities with the two recruits involved was cut from seven to one for this academic year.

Margenthaler didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Senior associate to the president Brady Barke characterized the violations as “not anything really that would be exciting in … terms of cars and money. The kind of money you’d see in ‘Blue Chips’ and things like that.”

The gifts provided to the athletes included what the report termed “camp leftovers” after the team’s Elite Camp, which was held on campus June 22 and 23. The recruits, according to the report provided after the meeting, received “four camp T-shirts and four water bottles to take home with them free of charge even though (Margenthaler) had reminded (the assistant coach) to be sure payment was received for the items.”

The report said the former assistant also provided the recruit with access “to a personal Netflix account” at an undisclosed time.


Information from: Southeast Missourian, https://www.semissourian.com

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